Battalion Chief Ron Horn said the smoke was caused by candles, paper and other items that were burning in a crawl space. The material was removed and activities returned to normal at the school.
Three charged with bomb threat
MIDDLETOWN, Md. - A reward offer helped authorities charge three Middletown High School students who with calling in a bomb threat last Wednesday, according to the Frederick County Sheriff's Office.
The students, two 10th graders and one 12th grader, were charged with bomb threats, false statements and disturbance of school operation on Tuesday. All were charged as juveniles and their names were withheld.
On April 2 at about 7:50 a.m., deputies and the state fire marshal's office investigated a bomb threat at the school. The school later offered a $500 reward for information leading to the arrest of the suspects.
The reward offer led to a tip that helped investigators find the three students, authorities said.
Man charged with assault on woman
FREDERICK, Md. - Police officers responding to an argument between a man and a woman on Key Parkway on Tuesday forced open the door and charged a man with trying to hold the door shut, according to the Frederick Police Department.
Ricky Eugene Weedon, 27, of 139 Pennsylvania Ave. in Frederick, was charged with 2nd degree assault, hindering, destruction of property and trespassing.
When officers arrived at the residence, they could hear a man and a woman arguing, police said. When they knocked on the door, the man refused to let them in, police said.
The officers asked the woman if she needed and help and forced their way in when she said yes, police said. The man struggled with the officers, who used pepper spray to subdue him, according to police.
While the man was in the residence, he allegedly pushed the woman and ripped a telephone line out of the telephone.
Code forbids sidewalk painting
Two men have been knocking on doors in Hagerstown offering to paint people's house numbers in fluorescent paint on their sidewalk curbs.
There's just one problem, according to Hagerstown City Police: It's against city code.
The code forbids painting city sidewalks, Capt. Robert Hart said. Hart said he does not think the offer is part of any larger scam.
"Apparently, it's somebody just trying to make a couple extra bucks," he said.
Man accidentally shot in the leg
MARLOWE, W.Va. - A Martinsburg man was accidentally shot in the leg Monday night while he was walking on railroad tracks with his two brothers, according to the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department.
Paul Ritenour, 25, of 122 Jackson Place, Apartment 1, was walking on railroad tracks about one mile west of U.S. 11 near Grade Road when his brother accidentally shot him with a .22-caliber rifle, said Capt. Curtis Keller.
The accident occurred about 7:35 p.m., Keller said.
Ritenour was transported to Winchester Medical Center where he was listed in fair condition Tuesday night, according to a hospital spokeswoman.
Thief breaks into city apartment
A Hagerstown man reported someone broke into his apartment at 49 N. Potomac St. sometime Monday and stole 11 shirts worth $77, city police report.
The victim told officers his door latch had been damaged. He said the thief took the shirts and moved his TV from its stand, but didn't take the TV.
Car stereo stolen
A Sony CD stereo worth $450 was taken from the dashboard of a Volkswagen parked at 1048 Corbett St. in Hagerstown on Monday, Hagerstown City Police reported. The thieves got into the car by forcing down the driver's side window, police said.
Car stolen from woman at hospital
A 1994 blue, 4-door Plymouth Acclaim was stolen from a Hagerstown woman's home on Potomac Avenue Monday while she was in the hospital, city police report. The victim said the car, which is worth $8,000, was locked.
Missing 11-year-old boy safe at home
An 11-year-old Keedysville boy who had been missing since Monday afternoon was safe at home Tuesday, Maryland State Police report.
The boy, Larry Bickett, was with his mother, who works at Rando's Fitness Center and Tanning Salon, 18726 N. Pointe Drive, police said. He was reported missing at 8 p.m., police said.
Police said the boy was back home Monday night.